East Side Press Family Newsletter

December 6, 2021

PTA Spirit Wear Holiday Sale

Still on the hunt for that perfect holiday gift? Say no more. The Wauwatosa East Spirit Wear Store is here to help with all your holiday shopping needs. Place an online order anytime between now and December 15th and enter in the code “GIFT2021” and receive 20% off your entire order. All orders will be filled and available for pick up on December 20th at Wauwatosa East.

The online store is open 24/7 for your convenience.

Online Store Link : https://wauwatosa-east-pta.square.site/

Got a question on a specific item? Feel free to reach out to a member of the Spirit Wear Committee for assistance.

Tara Laatsch: tara.laatsch@gmail.com

Mark Cook: mary.cook@hotmail.com

Amy Erickson: amyerickson77@gmail.com

Kelley Ruzicka: kelley@geeek.com

Anne Allmann: aallmann11@gmail.com

Winter Orchestra Concert

The East Winter Orchestra concert will take place on Wednesday, December 8th at 7:45pm in the Dale. K Hidde Theatre. The concert will feature performances from Concert, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras as well as the East Fiddle Ensemble, Pickle Alley String Band. For those unable to be with us in person, join us online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7pXY8kob_k

Spanish Classes Community Service Event---Please donate!

The Wauwatosa East Spanish classes are continuing our decades-long collaboration with Bruce Guadalupe Community School to provide gifts to almost 300 preschool students. We are currently collecting new toys, books, hats and mittens for three and four-year-old children. We welcome any donations toward our goal. The gifts should not be wrapped and we can accept donations up until Tuesday Dec. 14th in any of the Spanish classrooms. Any questions, please email Ms. Troy (troyan@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us). ¡Muchas gracias!

First Semester Final Assessments

As we approach the end of the first semester, the final assessment schedule has been set for students and staff. Final assessments will be given on Thursday, January 20 and Friday, January 21. There is no school on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be regular classes on Tuesday, January 18 and Wednesday January 19, 2021. Please open the link below to see the daily schedule.

Final Assessment Schedule

Additional Information For Students and Families

  • All students must attend and be engaged in instructional activities through January 19.

  • Final assessments will be taken over two days. There is a makeup period on Friday, January 21 during the 4th assessment period.

  • Assessments are an hour long block of time. Students remain in the room for the full time. No early release.

  • Students will not be expected to attend study hall on 1/20 and 1/21.

  • Grab and go lunch will be available to all students on 1/20 and 1/21.

  • Students not taking an assessment need to report to the learning center or Raider Room.

  • Students may leave the building when they do not have an assessment on 1/20 and 1/21.

  • Semester 2 starts on 1/24/2021.

  • There are no retakes for final assessments

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Community Kid Build Event on December 11

Dec 11th - Kids Build in the Woodshop!
Parents with 5th-8th grade students can come spend an hour in the Tosa East HS woodshop building a wood craft on Saturday, Dec 11th. Registration is through Tosa Rec online at https://bit.ly/TosaEastOpenShop.

Spring Theater Auditions

Addams Family auditions are coming up in January! Please take a look at the Tosa East Theatre website for more information if your student would like to audition.
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New Staff In The Office

In the last few weeks, we have added two new staff members to the main office. Here is a little bit about both of our new staff:

Mrs. Jamie Martinez to East the new administrative assistant to the principal in the main office. Most recently, Mrs. Martinez has been working in the Elmbrook School District as an AVID tutor with other work experiences in the insurance and property management. She has an undergrad degree from Northern Illinois University and a masters degree from Cardinal Stritch.

Mrs. Amy Hawley is the new administrative assistant for attendance. Most recently, Mrs. Hawley was an administrative assistant at St. Monica School in Whitefish Bay and has worked in graduate admissions for two universities. She has an undergrad degree from UW Eau Claire and a masters degree from UW Stout.

Orchestra Trip to Los Angeles---Vaccination Requirements For Participants

Hello Students, Parents and Guardians,

As we prepare for the 2022 Wauwatosa East Orchestra trip to Los Angeles, California (March 14th-18th, 2022) we continue to monitor COVID-19 related protocols and procedures in Los Angeles, the surrounding counties, and various venues we will be attending. Effective November 4, 2021, Los Angeles, CA will require partons to provide proof of vaccination before entering the following:

  • Establishments where food or beverages are served, including restaurants, bars, coffee shops, tasting rooms, breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls and hotel ballrooms.

  • Gyms and fitness venues, including hotel gyms.

  • Entertainment and recreation venues, including commercial event and party venues, convention centers, exhibition halls.

  • Personal care establishments, including spas.

Effective November 4, 2021 the following itinerary items require full COVID-19 status to attend:

  • The Getty Museum

  • El Capitan Theater

  • Indoor Restaurants

  • Grammy Museum

  • Disney Hall and the LA Philharmonic.

We anticipate that these venues and organizations will maintain their vaccination requirement in effect for the dates of our trip. Additionally, the following venues will continue to require masking on site: Griffith Observatory and Grove Farmers Market (masks required indoors), Disneyland (vaccination recommended, mask required indoors).

Full vaccination status is not required to attend the trip. However, students and/or chaperones who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be able to attend and participate in the experiences listed above. Alternative activities will not be organized for students and chaperones who cannot attend the listed venues due to COVID-19 vaccination status. In addition, a refund for activities that students/chaperones cannot attend due vaccination status will not be given. Our travel agency will continue to offer a full refund for any individual who cancels their entire trip on or before December 14, 2021.

In order to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the trip students and chaperones should refer to the dates in this table:

Vaccination Type

Date of second dose to be consider fully vaccinated


On or before February, 27th 2022


On of before February, 27th 2022

Johnson & Johnson

On or before February, 27th 2022 (only requires a single dose)

We will continue to communicate any updates on COVID-19 related protocols and procedures in Los Angeles County and the venues we will attend. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Hayden or Mr. Stein.


Michael Hayden / Jordan Stein

Checking Grades in Infinite Campus

Please take a moment to check Infinite Campus for information regarding your student's current academic status. To do this, you must ensure your Infinite Campus parent portal account has been activated. If you have not activated your Infinite Campus parent portal, please click here.

If you have any questions about a specific course, please reach out to the teacher of that class.

Tosa East Film Festival

Only a week and a half left to submit your animations and films to the 1st Annual Tosa East Student Film Festival! All submissions must include an intro with name/title and closing credits for any copyrighted material. Please submit your mp4, mov, or gif file to Ms. McKay at mckayme@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us no later than December 15th. Email with any questions.



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NHS and DECA Activity

At the beginning of this month, DECA and NHS collaborated to put on the second annual Trick or Can. Groups of students left notes and bags on doors throughout the neighborhood and picked the bags up a few days later. Together, they collected over 150 bags full of nonperishable foods to donate to Tosa Cares food pantry, located at Mount Zion Church on North Ave. and 124th. Thank you to all who participated!




Canvas Observer Accounts For Families

Families are encouraged to create a Canvas Observer account to actively engage in their student’s learning. Please review the Canvas Observer course for a getting started tutorial and other helpful tips. The link to the course can also be found on the District website.



What's Happening At The Public Library?

Teen Take & Make Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Celebrate the holidays with these festive hot chocolate stirrers.
Teens, pick up your take and make kit beginning Wednesday, December 1 while supplies last!

Teen Early Release Movie Day WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 2:30 PM | FIREFLY ROOM
Merry Christmas, you filthy animal! Teens, be sure to join us for our after school showing of the classic Home Alone...complete with snacks



Our student services team is always accessible to support students. Please send an email to set up a session.

Student Services Team

Mrs. Bratcher - School Counselor

Mrs. Carter - School Counselor

Mr. Linscott - School Counselor

Ms. Merg - School Counselor

Ms. Phillips - School Social Worker

Mrs. Morgan - Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Taylor - Career Center Coordinator

Club Central



Contact Us



Wondering where to direct your question(s)?

Main line: (414) 773-2000

Tosa East Administrative Team

  • Principal: Nick Hughes; (414) 773-2010
  • Associate Principal (students with last names A-K): Betsy McGinnity; (414) 773-2011
  • Associate Principal (students with last names L-Z): Jordan Stein; (414) 773-2012

Additional Staff Resources

Our Tosa East Main Office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-3:30pm



Weekly Update Communication

For the 2021-22 school year, building principals will be communicating District-level updates with families and secondary students each week. The Wauwatosa School District will no longer send a separate Weekly Update email each Friday. You can continue to find the Wauwatosa School District’s weekly update information on the Weekly Update page of the district website.

District Updates for 12/3/2021

NEW: Vaccine Clinic Interest Form

Wauwatosa School District will partner with Life Change Pharmacy to hold two COVID-19 vaccine clinics this month. At this time, we are gauging interest so we can best prepare for the number of doses needed for anyone ages 5 and up in your family. Signing up now will help us with our planning and offer the ability to secure the needed number of doses. Please note: Filling out this form does not guarantee you an appointment. This is for information and planning purposes only.

The clinics are planned as follows:

Wednesday, December 15 from 3 to 7 pm at Longfellow MIddle School

Thursday, December 16 from 4 to 7 pm at Whitman Middle School

In the coming days, we will provide a sign up form and additional details at the email address you provide in the interest form. If you have any questions about whether or not to have your child vaccinated against COVID-19, please contact your child’s primary health care provider to discuss.


NEW: Historical Grade Reports Available in Infinite Campus

The Wauwatosa School District is pleased to announce that Infinite Campus has developed the functionality to provide historical report cards in the Parent and Student Portals. This means that now, families and students can access grade reports from previous years in Infinite Campus. Please click here for instructions for accessing historical report cards.

STEM Judges Wanted

The MSTEM students at Longfellow and Whitman middle schools have been working on this year’s Future City engineering challenge “Waste-Free Future” (see more at www.futurecity.org). Students are currently building model cities and creating presentations to showcase their solutions, but they need volunteers to provide feedback on their city models and presentation videos, and to help determine which teams qualify for the regional competition at MSOE. If you’re interested in serving as a judge, please click here to learn more and sign up.

Stress + Anxiety in Youth

On Tuesday, December 7, Parents United will be holding a live and virtual event titled Stress and Anxiety in Youth. This presentation we will offer a comparison between the stress experienced by children and teens and clinically significant anxiety disorders. Further, interventions to manage each of these types of issues will be offered including a discussion of cognitive behavior therapy-based interventions such as thought challenging and exposure. Click here to view the informational flyer.

East High School DPI Report Card

As Dr. Means communicated earlier this week, the Department of Public Instruction has released its 2020-21 report cards for districts and schools in Wisconsin.

This year's score of 85.2 means East High School has earned the designation as a school that Significantly Exceeds Expectations according to the DPI report card metrics. This is the highest school for East High School since report cards have been developed and shared with schools. East High School is in the top 6% of public high schools with this school.

I am exceptionally proud of the report card and the work done every day and through a pandemic to help our students achieve. We still have areas to improve but the report card is a positive reflection of the learning taking place at Tosa East.

I would like to provide a few key takeaways from our report card:


  • The overall score of 85.2 is the highest score for East since the inception of the school report cards from the DPI. It is the first time East has been awarded the designation of Significantly Exceeds Expectations.

  • The individual priority scores for East High School exceeded state averages in Achievement, Growth, and On-Track to Graduation.

  • The Target Group Outcome score reflects the improvement in scores for students who scored in the lowest 25% on prior year test results. East’s score of 85.4 reflects the improvement in this target group of students and this score is higher than 95% of other 9-12 schools.

  • The percentage of students who scored as Advanced and Proficient for ELA and Math, exceed state averages. The percentage of students who scored as Basic or Below Basic for ELA and Math are lower than state averages.

Growth Areas

  • East still has achievement gaps in performance when comparing student demographic groups on the ELA and Math tests.

  • The percentage of students scoring Advanced in ELA has not significantly increased in the last 3 report cards and the percentage of students scoring Advanced in Math has been decreasing for the last 3 report cards.

In the coming days, the report card will also be posted on our school website. Additional resources that help explain the report cards can also be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards.

If you have questions or concerns as you review, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. I welcome your feedback and perspectives as we continuously work to improve our learning community at East and grow stronger together.


Nick Hughes


Senior Portraits & Baby Ads

Senior Pictures

Due January 14th. Please send them to tosaeastseniorpics@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us

Baby Ads

Picture, form, and fee ($35) are due January 14th. Please send pictures to tosaeastbabypics@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us and fill out the form.

Reach out to Mrs. Dono at donoje@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us with any questions.